Nowadays the average consumer is buying about 60 % more clothes than in 2000.
The fashion industry emits more greenhouse gases than international shipping and aviation combined. Moreover, the amount of waste the industry generates is, as well as waste and resources, are steadily increasing.
Polyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum. With the rise in production in the fashion industry, demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15 years. Its environmental costs are high although it takes less water to produce.
Most polyester shirts have more than double the carbon footprint of a cotton shirt (5.5 kg vs. 2.1 kg)
However, there is a flipside.
The production of one cotton shirt takes about 2700 liters. For comparison, that’s enough for two and a half years/per human.
What can we do?
- Stop overbuying. Do you need this new shirt? I don’t think so.
- Buy higher quality and use it longer.
- Give your clothes to another family member or friend.
Lastly, compensate the emissions and educate other people about this issue.